Farley "Jackmaster" Funk & Jessie Saunders* ‎– Love Can't Turn Around

House Records (3) ‎– FU-10
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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Produced & Mixed by:
Engineered at Tone Zone Studio

℗&© 1986
Jessay Music (BMI)

Distributed By Quantum
Mastered by Trutone, NY

Repressed in 1988 with slightly different label text layout. Black print repress

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Etched, Side A): FU-10A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Etched, Side B): FU-10B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Stamped, Both Sides): MASTERED BY TRUETONE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Etched, Both Sides, right side of Trutone stamp): 4/86 CR
  • Rights Society: BMI



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April 26, 2015
edited over 3 years ago

It's hard to believe that this record is nearly thirty (!!) years old! The one that started it all - well, kind of. While we all know that it wasn't the first house record, it was the record which truly introduced house music to a great many of us here in the UK. It was also a big chart/mainstream club hit - which should have kept me well away from it, as I've never been one for chart music and always hated mainstream clubbing.

At the time, I was a metal/punk/goth kid (with the hair and clothes to prove it!) but with a steadily-growing "electronic music" collection, including the complete set of "Streetsounds Electro" albums and other hip-hop/electro vinyl and tapes. This was thanks to the wonderful John Peel (R.I.P.), who got me into hip-hop/electro when he played Grandmaster Flash's "The Message" way back in 1982.

But this record took me by surprise - it was something about the hard, pounding kick drums and the superb vocal which caught my attention. Little did I know what effect this music would have on my life. Picked this one up on one of my regular trips to Eastern Bloc, Manchester; which, at the time, simply had a tiny section labelled "House Imports" which had about 10 records in it!! :) - there was no sub-genre excess back then!

A year later, the bass guitar and Marshall stack were gone, I bought my first mixer and two turntables, and the rest is history. Yet even as late as 1988, I actually thought it would just be a passing fad - to the extent that I spent more time on perfecting my scratching technique rather than on my four-to-the-floor mixing - I actually thought that hip-hop would last much longer than house. Yet here I am, in 2015, still listening to music which can be traced back to those early Chicago tracks, and genuine house music still exists. I don't scratch any more, by the way ;)

While I rarely listen to house these days (acid techno, hard trance, early Goa trance and jungle/oldskool hardcore are the styles I love the most), this record could still rock the right dancefloor today - unlike other records of the time (such as "Jack Your Body"), which now sound hopelessly dated. While it's perhaps not as "cool" as 303-driven records like "Acid Tracks", it still deserves its place in history as one of the most important, and best, house records ever made.